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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 15 November 1951 (USA)
Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can ... See full summary »
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Deborah Patterson
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Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway
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Georgie Markham
Fay Roope ...
Tom Lorrison
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Martha Lorrison
Douglas Kennedy ...
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Elisabeth Fraser ...
Marie
John Indrisano ...
Johnny Terrento (as Johnny Indrisano)
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Marvin
Don Haggerty ...
Director Don
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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can find him. When a lookalike sends in a photo, the marketing team hires him to impersonate Callaway. Things get sticky when the real Callaway eventually shows up. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Western

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15 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Esperto Contra Esperto  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fred MacMurray and Hugh Beaumont brush shoulders in a hotel hallway near the end of the film. They would each go on to play iconic TV fathers in separate series - MacMurray in My Three Sons (1960-1972) and Beaumont in Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963). See more »

Quotes

Deborah Patterson: What ever happened to your conscience?
Mike Frye: I just had it washed. I can't do a thing with it.
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Crazy Credits

Card at the end states: 'This picture was made in the spirit of fun, and was meant in no way to detract from the wholesome influence, civic mindedness and the many charitable contributions of Western idols of our American youth, or to be a portrayal of any of them.' See more »

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Spoofs Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »

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Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Played during the New York parade
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I Just Discovered Howard Keel!
31 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, I may be a little late to the party -- Howard Keel had a long, proud and successful career as a theater and movie star. But he was amazing in the dual roles of good guy Stretch Barnes and bad guy Smoky Calloway. Even though the two characters dressed in identical outfits through most of the movie, Keel's acting craft made it early to recognize whether you were seeing Stretch or Smoky. I actually spend a few minutes wondering whether it was two different lookalike actors, and had to check into IMDb to confirm that it was the same guy.

The film itself was a clever take on the television Westerns that were popular when I was a boy. Fred MacMurray very nicely plays the role of a lovable on the outside, sleaze ball on the inside theatrical agent. Dorothy McGuire played the opposite as his partner -- reluctantly sleazy on the outside, heart of gold on the inside. Others include old standby Jesse White, and watch for Stan Freeberg as the nerd who works with MacMurray and McGuire.

But really, Howard Keel was the star, and should have gotten top billing. Overall, the film was a very pleasant way to spend an hour-and-a-half or so.


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